Richard, Russell, and Julianne were all in town yesterday, and we decided to celebrate the happy homecoming by heading down to the Short North and having lunch in the first interesting place we found. We ended up in the Arch City Tavern — so named because Columbus used to be called the arch city because it featured lots of arched lights over its main streets — and that was a happy occasion, too.
It was about noon, so there were two crucial lunch decisions to be made. First, heavy or light? It was a hot day out, so I went for a choice on the lighter side, with an arugula, fig, prosciutto, and goat cheese pizza. It was excellent, and had a particularly delectable and crunchy crust — which any pizza aficionado knows is a crucial element of the entire pizza experience. So far, I was one for one.
Second, beer or no beer. It was a holiday, sure, but noon is pretty early for me. I took a chance and ordered a Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale. It was so good I promptly had another. It had an excellent tart taste that went well with the hot weather, and it really held its own against the goat cheese. So, I was two for two — or perhaps three for three, since I had two of the beers.
I’m going to be on the lookout for places that sell the Monk’s Cafe by the six pack.